Accept the gift and forgive yourself!

2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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Can you honestly look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I love you” and mean it with your heart? I’m not talking about a prideful way, but a humble means of accepting who God has formed in you, despite your past failures and choices?

It’s easy to ask for forgiveness from God, it is also quite easy to repent, but most times we get to feel ashamed and guilty over our past and we keep holding it against ourselves. It is usually said that our doubt and unbelief in accepting God’s forgiveness is what makes it really hard to forgive ourselves.

When you aren’t able to move beyond your failures, mistakes, and even sins, you can get stuck in a spiral of debilitating regret, depression, and even self-hatred.

When the recipient of a gift receives it gladly and with joy, the giver is glorified. But when the recipient receives the gift, but ignores it, the giver is mocked, belittled and feels unappreciated. When we fail to forgive ourselves, we are like a child who is given a trip to probably Disney Land or any other fantasy world there is, yet keeps complaining that he/she can’t go,even after his parents have already packed the car and are waiting on him to get in! How would you feel if you were that child’s parents? I believe that you will feel belittled,  knowing that you spend all that money on this trip, the tickets, the hotel reservations, and all but your child refuses to go because he doesn’t believe that what you gave him was real? Think how your heavenly Father feels when He looks down and sees His children walking around beating themselves up over things that He shed His blood so that they could be forgiven and set free from?

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If you don’t see yourself as a new creature in Christ, then you will be hindered and held back from freely and confidently living out who you really are in Christ! You will be hesitant and feel unworthy to approach your Heavenly Father, because you feel you’re a failure.

Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Do you know that unforgiveness is a known door opener to torment from demonic spirits. Matthew 18:23-35 tells us how the unforgiving person is turned over into the hands of tormentors. If we are unforgiving towards ourselves, we open that door for tormenting spirits to come against us because we are not really accepting the work that Christ did for us on the cross, in other words, you get to allow defilement of your spirit!

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You need to accept the gift of grace and realize that your debt has been paid!

Galatians 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

The price for your redemption has been paid in full. It’s up to you receive it by faith! You need to let God heal you… as long as you keep holding something against yourself, you are blocking the Holy Spirit’s power from entering and healing that area of your mind and life! You need to open up your heart, and allow the light of Christ to shine into the darkness of your soul.

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You are a new creation, the old has gone the new has come! Accept the gift and embrace God’s grace and the power of the cross!

 

 

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